THOMASTON, Maine— Travel through the variety and splendor of the New England landscape during Haynes Galleries latest vignette shows. The masterful pastels of Cindy House are presented Upstairs at Haynes in “Cindy House: Inspired by Nature.” This show is presented in conjunction with “Zoey Frank: Explorations & Discoveries” and is on view until September 27 at 91 Main Street, Thomaston.
Cindy House renders the streams, fields, and shores of northeast in such exquisite detail that viewers can almost feel the elements. A native of Rhode Island, House has been in tune with nature for most of her life. As a child she explored the woods near her home and later she studied wildlife biology at the University of Maine. Her artistic career began as an illustrator of bird guides, where she honed the highly detailed style she presents in her pastels today.
Her landscapes take the medium beyond the loose, quick rendering viewers might be used to from pastels. In House’s skilled hands, a lone elm stands tall and proud amongst wild grass while a mist rolls down the distant hills. In Common Elders, gulls rest on the lichen-covered rocks as ocean waves come in. Each detail is captured exactly as it appears.
But the photographic realism of these tranquil landscapes is balanced with pristine beauty of House’s scenes. As House says, “to paint the beauty of the land…captures an image for the viewer to contemplate.”
House’s work is included in museum and corporate collections across the Northeast. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and the Society of Animal Artists. Her honors include acceptance into numerous juried pastel competitions and she recently won the Prix de Pastel at the exhibition of the International Association of Pastel Societies.
This exhibition is not only a chance for viewers to dive into House’s work, but also an invitation to look pause and reflect on the natural world around them.
Haynes Galleries is located at 91 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit ://www.haynesgalleries.com/> or email firstname.lastname@example.org.